Police track burglary trend

The 5th Precinct in Southwest Minneapolis reports an uptick in burglaries in the southern part of the Kingfield neighborhood in recent weeks.

“We are getting key information and evidence and we believe we know who is responsible for this,” said Inspector Todd Loining. “If you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately.”

In the 5th Precinct, burglaries in 2015 are up 26.6 percent year-to-date as of April 20. Larceny is up 1 percent, and thefts from vehicles are down 14 percent.

Loining said the precinct continues to see a trend of break-ins at apartment storage lockers and laundry rooms, with machines getting hit again and again. Some apartments are considering security upgrades and a switch to credit card payments for laundry, he said.

Loining reminded residents to lock up and light up homes and garages. 


Police report thefts at Brownie Lake

Police are investigating the theft of canoes at Brownie Lake, according to the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association.

The suspect is reportedly selling the canoes on Craigslist along with other items like a bike and lawn mower.

A Bryn Mawr alert said that if residents identify any of their property on Craigslist, they should not call the seller’s number. Instead, they should call Officer Brandon Schram at 673-5779.


Public can now track police department’s “positive contacts”

The Police Department’s weekly crime stat reports are now tracking “positive contacts,” counting the number of community meetings officers attend and the number of check-ins at local businesses.

New categories include “Foot Beat,” referring to patrols by foot or bike, and “Directed Patrol,” referring to time spent in precinct-designated hot spots.


Arrest in ticket scam

5th Precinct police have arrested a person suspected of using stolen credit cards to buy tickets for concerts and Minnesota Wild, Vikings and Gopher games.

Tickets were sold on Craigslist, according to police, with some tickets copied and resold multiple times. Fans arrived at games to find their tickets were void, police said.

Police said more than 40 Minnesota Wild fans may have been victimized in the latest case. Victims who bought bad tickets are encouraged to call the 5th Precinct at 673-5705.